Materials and Processing Division

Greetings of Former Chairs

99th

Chair: Dr. Satoshi Kobayashi (Tokyo Metropolitan University) (April 2021)

I would like to announce that I have been appointed as the chairof the 99th Japan Society of Mechanical  Engineers  Materials  and  Processing  Division. Iwould  like  to  work  to  revitalize the  department  with  the  cooperation  of  Yukio  Miyashita, vice-chair, Hayato  Nakatani, divisionsecretary, DivisionSteering Committee members, and members of various technical committees. We will do our best, so we ask for your continued guidance and cooperation.

The  corona diseasefrom  last  year  has  not  seemed  to  subside, and  the  Japan  Society  of Mechanical Engineers has decided to hold various events online until the end of March 2022 (*). I think that many of the various online events last year were fumbling. However, thanks to the efforts of each executive committee, such as the annual convention and divisionconferences, wewerevery happy to be able to hold it safely. On the other hand, I think there were various problems. By sharing these points and giving feedback to this year's online event holding, we would like to improve the service especially to the members who have registered in the division.

At the annual convention held on 9/5 (Sun) -8 (Wed) this year, a large number of projects and organized sessions have been proposed by the division, and these are carefully prepared under the First Technical Committee. In addition, on November 18th (Thursday) and 19th (Friday), a divisiontechnical conferencewill be held online with the efforts of the members of the Second Technical Committee and the Executive Committee. Lectures at the technical conferenceare also subject to various awards. Especially for student members, I think that the award will encourage them to carry out their research activities. We look forward to your active participation.In  January  2022,  Asian  Symposium  on  Materials  and  Processing  will  be  held online with the cooperation of the vice chairMiyashita and Assoc. Prof. Farazila Binti Yusof of Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. It is due to the continuous efforts of the vice chairMiyashita, and I hope that theywill proceed with the plan steadily, but without overdoing it. Furthermore, in November 2022, the 4th Technical Committee and Executive Committee are preparing to hold  the  International  Conference  on  Materials  and  Processing  2022  (ICM&P2022)  in Okinawa under the conference chair Seiichi Hata. An international conference that has been co-sponsored  by  the  American  Society  of  Mechanical  Engineers.  This  is  an  initiative  to  be held in a new watby the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers alone. I strongly hope to hold this event face-to-facein two years, at least in a hybrid manner.

This year, I would like to focus on holding M&P salons and various seminars. Last year, in the midst  of  the  corona  wreck,  I  think  we  gradually  learned  what  and  how  we  could  do  online. Taking advantage of this experience, I am asking the 8th Technical Committee to make a plan, and I have high expectations. Regarding the seminar, there was talk of co-sponsoring with the Computational  Mechanics  Divisionand  the  Fluid  Engineering  Divisionfrom  the  previous year, and we would like to further expand the cooperation between the departments. Speaking of divisioncoordination, we decided to set up a joint session with the Mechanicsof Materials Divisionat a conferencein each other's divisionin the field of composite materials. It will be held in the Strength of Materials Division in 2021 and at ICM&P2022 mentioned above in 2022. This is also a new initiative, but we would like tocooperate as much as possible so that we can succeed.

Also, as pointed out by successive division chairs, I think that the activity of research sections and technical  sectionsis  one  of  the  characteristics  of  this  division.  Currently,  "Technical Section on  High  Performance  Nano-carbon  Composites",  "Technical  Section  on  Disaster Mitigation  and  Sustainable  Engineering",  "Study  Group  on  Molding  of  Polymer-Based Composite  Materials",  "Technical  Section  on  Next  Generation  3D  Printing",  "Technical Section on PD(Particle Deposition) Processes”havebeen set up. We would like to ask the Fifth  Technical  Committee  to  consider  further  revitalization  of  these  activities  and  the establishment of a new technicalsection. We ask the Public Relations Committee to play a major  role  in  disseminating  various  activities  such  as  lectures,  workshops,  and technicalsections that have been considered above. Although it is a very heavy role, I would like to ask for active public relations activities.

Considering the future of the departments and the academic societies, I think it is necessary to  strategically  formulate  future  plans  such  as  the  declining  birthrate  and  aging  population and  the  financial  problems  of  the  academic  societies.  I  would  like  the  Sixth  Technical Committee toconsider future plans over a longer span, including the ideal form of the latest division technical conference. Needless to say, thesis and publishing activities are considered to  be  the  basis  of  academic  society  activities.  There  is  a  report  that  the  number  of  posts increased  due  to  the  corona  disaster  last  year,  but  I  would  like  to  ask  the  7th  Technical Committee to take measures such as speeding up the peer review process.

As  mentioned  above,  I  am  very  sorry  that  the  story  is  not  organized.  In  addition,I  made various requests, but I am aware that I must make the most. I am ready for that. In cooperation with the members of each committee, we will continue to provide more services to everyone involved in the divisionand make efforts so that we are glad that we were registered in this department. We appreciate your support and encouragement.

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98th

Chair: Dr. Masaaki Otsu  (University of Fukui) (April 2020)

The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is currently raging all over the world, was first confirmed in Wuhan, China in December last year, and the first case was confirmed in Japan on January 14, 2020. For a while after that, the rate of increase in the number of infected people was not fast in Japan, but it gradually increased from mid-February, and in March it dramatically increased and the schools all over the country were closed. In April, the state of emergency was announced, and we cannot estimate when it will end. As with other academic societies and associations, many events at the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers have been suspended or postponed, and social activity has declined significantly. To all members, please be careful not to contract this infectious disease.

Under such the emergency situation, which is said to be the largest after the war, I was appointed the 98th period chair of the Materials and Processing Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. We would like to flexibly survive this emergency with vice chair Satoshi Kobayashi, secretary Jumpei Sakurai, steering committee members, technical committee members, and all members registered in this division. We would like to ask all members for their cooperation.

Even when I was the secretary of this division in 2011, the 89th chair of this division Naoto Ohtake set up an emergency task force organization at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and we worked as an expert group on various activities. At that time, people in unaffected areas were able to support the affected areas, but this time almost all people in Japan are at risk, and we cannot not know who could support whom and the situation is different at that time. While I am writing this article, the situation is getting worse day by day, and I have no idea what I can do. Therefore, I think that the most important thing in the division management is to make preparations for restarting activities and contributing to recovery as soon as the viral infection is over, as far as working from home is possible.

By the way, it is unclear what kind of event can be held this year, but the annual conference will be held at Nagoya University from September 13th to 16th, and the 28th Materials and Processing Technical Conference (M&P2020) will be held at the Yokohama Port Memorial Hall from November 18th to 20th. Since the number of corporate members participating in the conference is decreasing, and many corporate members want to hold it on weekdays, M&P2020 will be held on weekdays. In addition, in response to the desire to listen presentations by and discuss with not only students but also experts, students basically make poster presentations, and oral presentations are limited to experts. We welcome many participants to the conference. In addition, we will hold a short course "Let's learn once again about the Engineering Materials -Basic Lecture for Young Mechanical Engineers-" that is effective for young engineer's education of member companies and M&P salon where you can easily listen to various latest topics. In addition, we started preparation of a new international conference from the last year, and we will proceed so that decisions can be made within this fiscal year. In addition, this division will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding this year. Similar to the 20th and 25th anniversaries of our foundation, we are planning to hold a 30th anniversary commemorative lecture meeting and stand-up dinner party.

As the phrase "pinch is a chance" suggests, remote classes and online meetings have been technically possible until now, but introduction was not progressing in order to avoid changing the conventional method. However, because it has been forced to take temporary closure of school and working from home all over the world, it is being introduced even in Japan where IT is delayed. The method of use is still in the trial and error stage, but we have gradually found good ways to use it, and when we tried it, we found that it was unexpectedly easy and convenient. Online drinking parties are also held. It is better to do them face-to-face, but it is likely that useful things will not be stopped even if the infectious disease ends, and they will be used more and more. At the iJSME2015 conference organized by this division, there were oral remote presentations on the web at the conference, and at the iJSME conferences after that, poster presentations were also made remotely. Also, some international conferences have introduced remote presentation via the web. There may be a day when the banquet will be held online. Although the concept such as online conferences and seminars (called webinars) is not new, I am planning to increase the number of new projects using online as the environment for accepting them is being prepared.

Finally, Mr. Shoichi Echigo, former Chairman of ITOCHU Corporation, said, "In times of adversity, you have the chance to test foresight and mobility." Now that we are in an emergency situation with the spread of infectious diseases, we would like to quickly challenge various new initiatives so that we can contribute not only to this division but also to society, looking ahead to the end of the emergency situation. We would like to ask all members for their support.

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93rd

Chair: Dr. Satoshi Kishimoto (NIMS) (April 2015)

Welcome to the homepage of Materials and Processing (M&P) Division of JSME. M&P division was launched in 1991 as one of 18 divisions in JSME. Since then, we have been committed to the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of materials and processing, which covers not only mechanical materials and materials processing, but also characteristics & evaluation as well as utilization technology. We will continue unremittingly with our effort to contribute to the development of this research field.

In this fiducial year, we will have four events. These are three conferences and a lecture meeting and a party commemorating the 25th anniversary of this division. For the conference, one is the 5th Asian Symposium on Materials and Processing (ASMP2015) at Lombok Raya Hotel, Indonesia in this August. Another is the JSME Annual Meeting 2015, including a technical forum by a new research group on 3D printing, which began in our division two year ago. This meeting will be held at Hokkaido University in this September. We will be organizing several sessions and some special programs at this meeting. The other is the conference of Materials and Processing (M&P2015) at Hiroshima University in this September. Finally, it is very glad for me to inform you that we will have a lecture meeting and a party commemorating the 25th anniversary of this division at Meiji Kinenkan in Tokyo on March 28, 2016. I would like to ask you to join these conference, meeting and party.

The Lecture Meeting "M&P Salon" and the Short Course "Let's learn once again about the Engineering Materials -Basic Lecture for Young Mechanical Engineers-" will be held regularly. Please join us!

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92nd 

Chair: Dr. Kazunari Shinagawa (Kagawa University) (April 2014)

Welcome to the homepage of Materials and Processing (M&P) Division of JSME. M&P division was launched in 1991 as one of 18 divisions in JSME. Since then, we have been committed to the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of materials and processing, which covers not only mechanical materials and materials processing, but also characteristics & evaluation as well as utilization technology. We will continue unremittingly with our effort to contribute to the development of this research field.

As the most important international event for our division, this year the 5th JSME/ASME International Conference on Materials and Processing (ICM&P2014) will be held in Detroit, in cooperation with the Manufacturing Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (MED/ASME) and the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (NAMRI/SME). More actively than before, we will be organizing several sessions and some special programs at the JSME Annual Meeting 2014, including a technical forum by a new research group on 3D printing, which began in our division last year. In terms of regional cooperation, the preparation of the 5th Asian Symposium on Materials and Processing (ASMP2015) will be earnestly progressed for the coming year.

The Lecture Meeting "M&P Salon" and the Short Course "Let's learn once again about the Engineering Materials -Basic Lecture for Young Mechanical Engineers-" will be held regularly. Please join us!

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89th

Chair: Dr. Naoto Ohtake (Tokyo Institute of Technology) (April 2011)

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, one that could only occur once in a thousand years has claimed many sacred lives. I would like to offer my deepest condolence to those who have lost their lives and profound sympathy to those suffering from this disaster. It has been painful to hear unfortunate reports on the situation at corporations and universities located in the Tohoku and Kanto area. Additionally, I would like to praise and thank those who are working day and night to restore the damaged and the afflicted areas including Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant caused by the earthquake and tsunami.

This Division, comprised of approx. 4,700 materials and material processing experts, is responsible to contribute for the reconstruction of Japan's industry that is expected to take a long time. This disaster has destroyed so much of what we had. At the same time, an emergency agenda to reduce electricity usage radically and even operating without electricity is upon us, something that has never been on our mind before. Furthermore, we have not solved any environment and energy issue that occupied our minds before the quake at all. With this drastic change in circumstances, the direction and production paradigm of Japan's science and technology is expected to change dramatically.

In this crucial situation, I believe for those specialized in mechanical engineering, it is our mission is to overcome and progress technology that will enable more energy conservation and further advance production technology. I would be grateful if all registered members of this division will put your hearts together to work vigorously for industrial recovery utilizing science and technology.

Meanwhile, due to energy required to maintain your base organization and daily family lives, shortage of power supply and transportation constraints, there may be times when academic society and related activities should be limited. We have cancelled the special lecture and celebration of the 20th anniversary of this division scheduled on March 24th. It is not only this division but there have been numerous academic conferences either cancelled or postponed that were to be held during this spring. Based on the above circumstance, M&P division will temporary limit activities that require gatherings until end of May and during summer period (July and August) as much as possible. The ten committees within this division will devote and contribute to society during June and from September onwards. I would like to seek everyone's understanding and support. The JSME headquarter has expressed it will establish emergency task force and take meaningful action as a specialist group. Let us all confront this national crisis up front.

The international conference ICM&P2011 at Oregon State University will be held from June 13th (Mon) until June 17th (Fri) this year. It is unfortunate that participation will be limited. If you are attending, please provide accurate information on the disaster and re-enforce that Japan's industry production ability will not diminish but is progressing steadily for the future.

Lastly, there is something I would like to tell young engineers, academics and students. The recovery of Japan's industry will not happen in a short time frame. Therefore, in order to develop on top of recovery, your flexible intelligence and nimble action is a must. Please do not be an observer even if you are not a victim of the disaster. Do not stop thinking and take a step ahead to adapt to social change. Please humbly learn as much as you can from this disaster, by making most of it in your future as a human being and as an engineer, as a way to remunerate the lost, the sufferer and those servicing the disaster area. You are the future of Japan's industry. I sincerely wish you would all excel yourself.

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